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In this sequel episode of Mary Mwangi's, Jason and Marc debrief about their key insights and take-aways. We inaugurate a new series of debriefs episode, so listeners can have their dose of Entrepreneurs Talk Africa in shorter versions, but keeping the soul of what makes the podcast different from others. Enjoy!…
 
If you've ever been in any African metropolitan area, you've experienced traffic and possible public transportation. Now, if you compare this to any other metropolitan area in the US or Europe, well, there are big differences. Our discussion today with Mary Mwangi, founder of Data Integrated Ltd, focuses on African transport system and how data wil…
 
Can you launch in one African country and expand quickly in others without spending a fortune? To many, this is an almost impossible achievement. But for Gabriel Delerue, being almost impossible means there's still a chance it's possible. And he and his team did it with Fleeti, the company he founded, a platform that helps African companies increas…
 
"Madvee Muthu is a brilliant young African economist and upcoming leader. She combines a thorough academic background with a wide ranging intellectual curiosity about things and is not afraid to ask tough questions to understand what is at the root of different issues. She was a successful Fellow among the first cohorts of the YALI Southern Africa …
 
Taking challenges and calculated risks have been life choices made by Stephano Rose, our guest in this episode. With no HSC, he managed to enter college. With no money, he managed to create Nexavenu and become a successful entrepreneur. But not in his home country, but in the land down under, Australia. In this episode, Stephano walks into his jour…
 
Anyone who has setup an e-commerce site or a retailer who wanted to use a modern payment system has faced challenges and high fees. Not counting the numerous technical issues with foreign credit cards and currencies. MIPS, Multiple Internet Payment Systems, has been created after this idea by Sebastien Le Blanc. In this episode we talk about paymen…
 
Originally from Zimbabwe, Guy Daines is an ex-banker turned entrepreneur and coach. In this episode, Guy shares his years of experience as an entrepreneur and business strategist. From early stage ventures to long-term strategies, from simple successes to failures, Guy distills his unique wisdom. The life of an entrepreneur is often seen as dangero…
 
Education is one of those industries that require a total revamping. Jade Li founded Katapult to tackle the issue of STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and bring a fresh approach to education. In this episode, Jade walks us through her company, Katapult, unique approach to education and how she started and grew …
 
Money is a crucial part of any company, but probably even more for startups who generally start their operations on a shoestring. In this episode, we discuss with Abu Cassim, founder and CEO of Jozi Angels, a business angel organization in Johannesburg, South Africa. Abu has invested in dozens of startups on the African continent and bring a wealth…
 
Are you born an entrepreneur, can we learn entrepreneurship or are we made entrepreneurs? To answer this question, we welcome a young professional who is in charge of the student venture project at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. Coming from a liberal art and alternative education background, nothing predestined Lucy Scott to be in …
 
If you ever had a coach, be it a professional or life one, you probably know how valuable his or her sessions were to you. Generally, most of us are skeptic about coaches until you meet a real life-changing one. Then you become afficionado. Our guest today had a few coaches that really made a difference and, while working on the continent, realized…
 
When, as an entrepreneur, you need money, you know have multiple options without requiring to go through the classical banking system. One of them that is available to businesses and individuals is crowdlending or peer-to-peer lending. In this episode, we have the pleasure to interview Paul Perrier, the founder of FundKiss, the first crowdlending p…
 
Fintech is one of those buzz words that everyone has heard one day or another. A couple of years ago, Mauritius founded the Mauritius Africa Fintch Hub and hired Michal Szymanski to lead the organization. Michal has been in a startup ecosystem for a while and "speaks" fintech, blockchain and payment gateway fluently. In this interview, he comes bac…
 
"The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." –Michelangelo In this episode, we welcome San Bhaskaran, the CEO and founder of Upilot.com, an innovative CRM aimed at changing the CRM landscape. Serial entrepreneur, San is walking us in his personal jo…
 
We wanted to end this short season with our thoughts, about the bazaar and our MVP approach to interviews, as well as our key insights. Stopping, thinking and reflecting about what happened is a nice way to learn and improve. In this final (and special episode), you will hear from the three of us. We are sharing our key learning with a smile after …
 
One key element of any ecommerce web site is its payment page. One key element of any retailers is its card payment system. But cards are no longer this only digital payment way. Phones are getting ubiquitous in this space. Based on this, MIPS, Multiple Internet Payment Systems, was created to fill that void. In this episode, Xavier, from MIPS, wal…
 
This episode is somehow different from others. It's the first time we welcome a "builder" in Entrepreneurs Talk Africa. Ruben loves music and recycling objects into musical instruments. He transformed his passion into a side hustle, that he's sharing with us today. It's a little bit unusual interview with a musical twist and a Mauritius flavor. Enj…
 
How to have more kids interested by STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics? Jade wanted to provide an answer to this question to be able to transmit her passion for STEM. What did she do? She created Katapult, a company aimed at having kids play with STEM to make them love STEM. Then, recently, she created a game to help kids discover …
 
In this second episode of the Xmas Bazaar short series, we welcome Shamir, co-founder of AVR Plato, a startup focused on augmented reality technology and editor of AR Games. Shamir explains what AVR Plato was founded, his challenges and difficulties as a startuper, and how he overcame and got stronger! A story of determination and resilience! Enjoy…
 
We inaugurate this short series with Hisham, co-founder of Met Enn Koste, a Mauritian Startup. Because they were an online service, they got turned down by Xmas market organizers. This did not get them down, instead they decided to create their own, the Met Enn Koste Xmas Bazaar. We hear right from Hisham, how they came up with the idea, with his c…
 
As her LinkedIn profile says, Marie Espitalier Noël is passionate about sustainability, she believes in a new form of business model which reconciles profit and impact optimization. Leading Inco in Australia after working in Mauritius and Reunion, Marie is focusing on making a difference in people's life by supporting innovative companies to maximi…
 
Today, we step into business expansion and particularly geo expansion, by welcoming Adefolu Majekodunmi, co-founder and managing director of Asseco Nigeria, co-founder and non-executive director of Capricorn Digital and President of European Business Organisation Nigeria. Expanding a company geographically on the African continent can be tricky and…
 
This episode is a little bit special. We are honored and humbled to host Gaetan Siew. World citizen, Gaetan Siew’s leadership and his vision of a world of sharing allows him to mobilize and inspire political and business leaders around a creative consensus unleashing the full potential of our resources. President of the International Union of Archi…
 
Attracting and retaining talent are jobs in themselves, especially for startups and small entreprises. In this episode, we have a the pleasure to welcome Eric Van Gils, Partner at Holbourne Advisory, an Africa focused Executive Search firm. After a career in Finance, Eric decided his passion for talent management was stronger that his for numbers. …
 
In this episode, we welcome Yvonne Bettkober, from Cameroon, who is the General Manager of Amazon Web Services Switzerland. We cannot but think about all the young professionals in Africa who dream about having a great career in tech and drive their own success! Yvonne is a real role model! Yvonne discusses at leanght how technology can be an enabl…
 
A Sales-Driven Digital Marketer Berty is the founder of Leadstalk Digital, a consultancy firm specialised in sales-driven digital marketing strategies. Passionate about Marketing and Technology, he had the chance to have a 20-year career that embraced both. His track record includes the implementation of a CRM system at One&Only Le Saint Geran and …
 
This is episode focuses on growth and how to unleash it. Every startuper and entrepreneur wants to grow his/her business, us at Entrepreneurs Talk Africa included. But how do you do it? We had to ask somebody who did it, not only once, but multiple times. We had the pleasure to discuss growth and acceleration with a serious serial entrepreneur, and…
 
His love for the arts and his passion for story telling has always been his motivation and influenced his decision to divert from political science to pursue journalism. The constant interaction with individuals from various countries and cultures have shaped how he views the world and has greatly contributed to his success as a multimedia journali…
 
Pivoting is an important aspect of any venture. We start with an idea and then a few weeks of months later, we find our market and pivot. In this episode, young entrepreneur Coralie Marti, from Gemstone, walks us through her entrepreneurship journey and focus on coherence. Coralie goes back memory lane to explain how it all started and how she quic…
 
Entrepreneurs Talk Africa had the pleasure of interviewing Ruth Kamau, Co-Owner and Managing Director of a Pan African feel boutique house, iKhaya Lodge & Conference Centre, in the heart of Cape Town. She is also a director and advisor on several boards, an award winning playwright and novelist, to name but a few of her many ventures. In the episod…
 
Take a young business school graduate from Cameroon. The logic would be to get a job in a big firm and strike a great career. But this was not the calling of Justin Lock. During his studies, Justin saw an opportunity in disrupting the remittance space that was clogged with few actors and high fees. Justin founded Kamix to change the way Africans an…
 
Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital is an Entrepreneur and Investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups. He Co-Founded Angel Africa List, Angel Fair Africa and currently serves on the board of Farmerline, Hubtel,…
 
Ever heard the term "investment ready"? Well, if you aspire to raise some funding for your startup/venture, you'd better be investment ready. We tend to think money is lacking in Africa, compared to Europe, the US or Asia. But no, money is there, available... In this episode, Alexandra Fraser, Director & Founder of Fraser Consulting, Co-Founder of …
 
Djiba is currently a Senior FinTech Advisor at Ecobank Transnational. Before joining Ecobank, Djiba worked at Microsoft for over 10 years, as Developer and Platform Evangelist and then Head of Innovation Microsoft4Afrika, where she helped built the strategy to Identify and attract most successful Startup and Partners in Africa to the Microsoft Clou…
 
Al Kags is a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and consummate champion of government openness through data. His life embodies ‘big picture thinking’ and living for a higher purpose. Al is the co-founder and the CEO of the Open Institute, an African organisation that works with governments and civil society organisations to pr…
 
In this episode, we welcome and listen with fascination to McKevin Ayaba. McKevin is the CEO of “Setup a startup,” the CEO and co-founder of the “Southern Africa Startup Awards,” the Co-founder of the “House of Hope” orphanage in Cameroon and a Global Goodwill Ambassador. Add to this that he’s a Certified ITIL practitioner, a Microsoft Certified Tr…
 
Mark Fritz is a leadership specialist… has taught in MBA and executive education courses in business schools throughout Europe, mentors executives from across the world, and runs leadership programs for executive teams and their leaders of the future. With the experience of leading enterprise change and virtual organizations throughout the world, M…
 
Entrepreneurs Talk Africa had the pleasure of hosting our first guest in the official launch of Season One after our initial MVP (Minimal Viable Product) season 0. We were honored to have Paul Kukubo, founder and former Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya ICT Board (now ICT Authority), where he is credited for developing key international and loca…
 
What if I fail? What if my business fails? We want to tackle the biggest fear of any upcoming entrepreneur and startuper: failure! The discussion in the podcast analyses what happens when you fail as en entrepreneur. Education has mostly taught us that failure was bad. A bad grade at school was generally frowned upon by our educators and parents. I…
 
For the 5th episode, we wanted to take a break from the technicalities, the buzzwords, and talk about the human aspect of entrepreneurship, about What Does It Take To Be An Entrepreneur. Something I personally feel is overlooked. I hear many many times other people saying “ah working for yourself, you are your own boss and it’s so great that you ca…
 
This is what Wikipedia tells us about business model: "A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value, in economic, social, cultural or other contexts. The process of business model construction and modification is also called business model innovation and forms a part of business strategy. In …
 
In the previous two episodes we walked you through the launch of an idea and the concept of MVP. This episode focuses on what I may consider the most important aspect of any startup : your target customers. You may have the best idea of the world, the smartest service or the brightest product, if you have no customer, you have nothing but an empty …
 
We were not sure if it should be an episode or not, so we decided to do it, no matter our questions. It's all about moving from having an idea to launching an idea, and making this idea that was born in a cell brain into a real product or service that people can enjoy! So, this is our first of the first, season 1, episode 1, all about launching you…
 
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